Fundraising drive to help Frampton Cotterell Rugby Football Club survive coronavirus lockdown

May 11 2020
Fundraising drive to help Frampton Cotterell Rugby Football Club survive coronavirus lockdown

A CROWDFUNDING campaign has been launched to support Frampton Cotterell Rugby Club.

Members, supporters and well-wishers have been rallying to help provide a financial lifeline for the club, with more than £7,000 of the £10,000 target raised in the first three days of fundraising.

The club is one of the thousands across the country whose future has been put at risk by the coronavirus lockdown, with its season finished early and the clubhouse at Crossbow House closed from mid-March.

Club chairman Tony Bleakman set up an appeal on website JustGiving on Friday. By Monday afternoon it had already topped the £7,000 mark from 130 donations.

Explaining the appeal, he wrote: “We are really struggling financially due to an early end of of season and closure on the clubhouse bar and social events.

We are asking for your support in any way you can think of for raising money, lads – by washing your family's car, cleaning the house, cutting the grass (please make sure that you follow the Government guidelines) or anything else you can think up. Or just donate a few quid!

Our club is very important to all of us in so many ways and therefore need to make sure it is still there for us when we can get back to playing rugby!”

You can donate to the appeal on the club's JustGiving page.

Picture: Frampton RFC First XV at the final of the Gloucestershire RFU Senior Vase earlier this year, before the lockdown in March ended the rugby season and the club's base had to shut.